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Rico follows Robert to Honolulu where Robert has met up with his wife and his mistress who are vacationing together. Sticky, right? When Rico attempts to bring Robert to justice and bring home the necklace, some "innocents" get in the way. As Rico attempts to pursue his next victims, secrets, lies & revelations come out. What will Rico do? Does he have a conscious?
Rico is a no-nonsense enforcer who is likable in the way that he does not take crap, does not back down, and is comfortable in his own skin. He is okay with what he does and makes no excuses for himself, yet at the same time, he does have a conscious. Robert is a cheating, lying, failing businessman who is willing to do whatever it takes to save his own skin. Evelyn and Paul were likable but I felt their characters could have been flushed out a little more. I figured out Rachel's angle right away.
I wish this would have been cat and mouse, more suspense, more thrilling. This was pretty straightforward crime/gangster book.
I received a copy of this book from Book Publicity Services in exchange for an honest review.
I think the term basic is slightly harsh, but in my opinion the plot doesn't develop much past what is described in the synopsis. The characters on the other hand are nicely developed and work well with each other to make the story believable and entertaining. I thought that both Paul and Rico complemented each other, even though they are essentially enemies, and I look forward to seeing how their dynamic develops in the next instalments.
P-BR follows the events surrounding Robert (a gambler in for a significant amount), his wife Evelyn (given up on her marriage and trying to move away from it) and an enforcer called Rico who is tasked with returning the necklace that Robert has stolen from his boss. The chase takes the characters to several locations including Honolulu and though it is filled with action and suspense, I never found myself overly gripped by it.
Ed Duncan has focused on character choices and interactions in P-BR and it was a great choice to do so because I don't think he could have added much more depth to the plot. If he can evolve all the characters well across other books then this may turn out to be a pretty awesome trilogy. P-BR fits in the thriller/suspense genres neatly but doesn't knock any other books of my top ten just yet. The themes are realistic, reasonable and entertaining. Having a killer who is unpredictable but not always so eager to kill on demand is an interesting element and the fact that Duncan highlights that there are no real winners in the gambling world was meaningful enough to keep me invested until the end.
Overall, P-BR won't blow thriller lovers away but for an independent author it is a great start and I hope to see more of Ed Duncan's work in the near future. I have given the book 3.5/5 stars because I was impressed by the way Duncan crafted and developed his characters but I was not won over by the plot. Thank you for checking out this review, there are plenty more reviews, interviews and giveaways at Always Trust In Books.
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